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Special Areas of Conservation

Monadhliath

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NH623017
Latitude 57.08611111
Longitude -4.272222222
SAC EU Code UK0030210
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 10672.34
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Monadhliath SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (55%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (20%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (2.5%)
  • Alpine and sub-Alpine grassland (21%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (0.5%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog)  * Priority feature

    Monadhliath supports one of the most extensive areas of high-altitude blanket bog in the UK. It is also relatively remote from the sea and thus contrasts with the numerous areas of oceanic blanket bog. Lichen-rich bog with Cladonia spp. is extensive on the high plateau. A significant proportion of the bog is eroded, with extensive areas of gullying. The vegetation reflects the high altitude, with species including woolly hair-moss Racomitrium lanuginosum, mountain crowberry Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum and bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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